City Harvest, My Church

By now, everyone seems to have an opinion (or a few) on City Harvest Church, Pastor Kong Hee, the Crossover Project and the legion of brainwashed followers. There are a lot of allegations flying around – the main ones being greed (for the leaders) and stupidity (for the followers).

Yesterday, I walked past the newsstands and this case made the front page for every local newspaper. Last checked, we’ve also made most of the International titles and social media looks like it’s about to explode from all the updates about CHC.

That’s pretty epic.

I’m one of those hardcore followers, if you will.

I’ve been in City Harvest Church for the past 15 years and this church, the Pastors, the friends and family, they’ve changed my life. I know that sounds very cultish so let me try to break it down a little. We don’t worship Pastor Kong or any of the leaders and we have no illusions that they’re deities or saints or demigods. On some level, we’re all just a bunch of Christians who believe in a cause and are trying to make a difference in our community. None of us are perfect but we are trying our best to be better and do better for the people around us.

On that same token, having seen all that the Pastors and leaders have done for us over the past 15 years, it’s hard not to love and respect them the way we do. City Harvest Church members may seem fanatic and possibly a little crazy but if you’d just take the time to chat with them a little and hear their stories, you’d maybe understand why we’re this passionate.

There’s no way I’ll be able to summarize everything in a blog post but suffice to say that without this church and its leaders, I wouldn’t be who or where I am today. They’ve been there for me at the lowest points of my life, shown me love and support without asking for anything in return and believed in me when no one else did. For that, I’ll always be grateful and that’s the reason why we sow our lives and time and money into making a difference in someone else’s life.

Come hell or high water, I’m proud to be a City Harvest Church member.

Now, moving on to the allegations.

First of all, what I don’t understand is the vitriol and venom that’s coming from all the people who’ve never given a single cent to the church. Unlike other charities, the church has never once solicited funds from the public and all the money has come in from church members who believe in a cause and gave out of their own free will. Maybe you’re indignant that we’re dumb enough to be bamboozled into giving our money (which is hardly the case), but even if so, does it warrant this outcry from the angry mob?

I mean, I don’t come into your family and lambaste you for how you’re spending your money. If you decide to build your kids a bowling alley in your basement, that’s your right. Or if you decide to splurge on a Breitling for your dad, or a Prada bag for your second grandaunt’s cousin’s daughter, that’s entirely up to you.

Initially, I got really upset at all the inflammatory attacks and veiled derogatory digs popping up on various social media platforms, but at this point, I’m fine taking the hits. I guess if it gives you a sense of moral and intellectual superiority to post your snide remarks and mean jokes, then it’s your prerogative, post away.

Call us brainwashed, call us fools, call us whatever, that’s ok. Sticks and stones, you know.

That being said, I am incredibly encouraged by the show of solidarity and tenacity among the church members I consider my family. And don’t for one moment mistake this loyalty for blind faith. A lot of these so-called fools are some of the brightest minds I have ever met and we’ve done our due diligence by digesting all the facts and allegations. I’ve gone through the MCYS inquiry multiple times, read the news articles, and amassed as much information as I could from all sides.

Do I know every single detail? No. But I know enough to make an informed decision and here’s my take.

I have absolute trust in the fact that none of the money was embezzled for personal gain. I believe in the Crossover Project and there was certainly no intent to deceive, as had been alleged. Pastor Kong and all the other 4 individuals on trial have not breached the trust of the church members.

I make no apologies for giving every dollar that we gave and we will continue to do so knowing that the funds will not be misused.

City Harvest Church is my family. It has been for the last 15 years and I don’t think anything will ever change that.

UPDATED: City Harvest Church responds to allegations.

UPDATED x2 : Innocent Until Proven Guilty

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398 Comments on City Harvest, My Church

  1. juliet
    July 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm (2 years ago)

    i visited CHC a number of times when it was still at paya lebar. heard Sun led worship then. i think she really sang very well and was encouraging to see her praising God with her voice. when she became a pop singer, i was surprised to learn that her singing seems to have gone down the drain. i still prefer the old her. hence i cannot comprehend how her pop singing has influenced many to Jesus.

  2. FX
    July 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve watched Kong’s preachings aka Properity Gospel (Was Jesus Poor? / Laws of Harvest) on YouTube and his teachings definitely rubs me the wrong way. Here’s a few Bible Verses for you to Meditate on:

    2Corinthians 11:3-4
    But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with Him.

    Galatians 1:6-8
    I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

    Timothy 6:5-9
    Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

    1John 2:15-16
    Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

  3. Kaypoh
    July 4, 2012 at 10:56 am (2 years ago)

    By the way, the money taken did not belong to church members. The moment the donation was made, the money ceased to belong to the members. It belonged to the “charity”. Being a “charity” the funds are under the watch of COC.
    Also money was stolen from the government of SG (not PAP, btw). By registering as a “charity” (although only a miniscule amount of the money spent was actually for charity) it avoided paying taxes. KH clearly does not obey Jesus’ instructions to “render unto Ceaser what is Ceaser’s”- Mark 12:17. But hey! who is Jesus that KH has to follow His teachings!!!!!

  4. Eric
    June 28, 2012 at 7:19 pm (2 years ago)

    It would sound better if you could put the D back in “degradation”.

  5. CCB
    June 28, 2012 at 7:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Oops for the typo… Man has sinned and fallen short of His glory.

  6. Jon
    June 28, 2012 at 7:25 pm (2 years ago)

    That’s a big problem we as Christians have nowadays. It’s hypocritical to say the least. I believe that churches should be open and have nothing to hide. If not, nothing differentiates Christianity from other religions. It may even be cultlike lol.

  7. Eric
    June 28, 2012 at 7:30 pm (2 years ago)

    CCB you were asking?

    http://www.citynews.sg/2009/06/celebrity-weekend-a-gathering-of-godly-stars/

    http://www.gospelherald.net/article/mcat/47747/asian-superstar-jay-chou-decides-to-get-baptized-later-this-year.htm

    http://tan-en-hui.blogspot.sg/2008/01/new-life-church-in-taiwan.html

    http://www.newlife.org.tw/

    Look below at its affiliated churches, Its Sun who have made many crossover projects in TW thats how these celebrities got impacted. Sometimes its worthwhile to read up more before you shoot off your mouth CCB.

  8. Anonymous
    June 29, 2012 at 3:08 am (2 years ago)

    Very well said! Thumbs up!!!!

  9. Richard
    June 29, 2012 at 9:12 am (2 years ago)

    Double thumbs up!!! I have only this to say.

    For those who guide this people are leading them astray; And those who are guided by them are brought to confusion ( Isa 9:16)

    Go and think about it

  10. Anonymous
    June 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm (2 years ago)

    Thriple thumbs up,

    City Harvest followers should spend some time reading up the bible before they start calling themselves Christians worst, before they start showing off their self-righteousness, going around ‘out-reaching’ ‘unsaved’ souls or so they called.

    Do the masses a favour and read up and investigate the bible or Christianity before you embark on a mission telling others they need salvation.

  11. PKoh
    June 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm (2 years ago)

    Faith is good and can move mountains – the only flaw is BLIND Faith which unfortunately many are moved by emotional experience than reality and missing the woods from the trees.

  12. Chloe
    July 2, 2012 at 7:10 am (2 years ago)

    I am an atheist, but I think what you say makes a lot of sense. Best comment I’ve seen so far, and very insightful. Back in my secondary school days, I remember friends desperately trying to get rid of their extra copies of Sun Ho’s albums.

  13. Anonymous
    July 2, 2012 at 9:16 am (2 years ago)

    Your experience is unfortunate.
    However, not all of the church is like that… I havent had anyone at all berate me for missing one service. As a matter of fact I’ve missed many and not been even hinted at it by anyone.

    They dont bring up anything about how much we have given, to the point that I’m not even sure if they know.

    You had a bad experience, and I’m sorry for that. But please dont generalize, just as I also shouldnt based on my experience.

    CHC is not for you… You can be happy in another church… we all worship Jesus.

  14. Anonymous
    July 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm (2 years ago)

    The description ‘godly stars’ is as good as committing idolatry, what’s the big deal if they are stars? They are humans afterall and we are all born equal. To put them on a pedestal is a huge no-no. Moreover New Life church was not started because of her music or Crossover Project and those celebs converted due to the pastors’ preachings there and not becos of her.

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